One user wrote: “Thank you Nigel Farage & Daily Mail for criticising the incredible work the @RNLI does to rescue migrants. Due to you highlighting their endeavours I’m now donating every month”.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has seen an outpouring of support with people pledging donations after it was criticised by Nigel Farage, after he claimed that the charity was being used as a ‘taxi service for illegal trafficking gangs’.
The former UKIP leader defended his comments on GB News claiming that the charity was being used by illegal gangs who were ‘pushing migrants across into the English channel’, before adding that he was a supporter of the RNLI.
Farage’s comments led to him being ruthlessly mocked online, with a number of social media users saying his claims had motivated them to donate to the charity.
Dr Mike Galsworthy wrote: “The last sentence of this video is Farage saying he’s happy to fight with the @RNLI.
“That’s all the reason you need to donate to the RNLI. Regardless of all else, RNLI are battling to save lives. Farage is battling to save his reputation, according to what he says here.”
Another user wrote: “Thank you Nigel Farage & Daily Mail for criticising the incredible work the @RNLI does to rescue migrants. Due to you highlighting their endeavours I’m now donating every month”, while Gary Lineker added: “Keep up the great work @RNLI because as some of your disparagers repeatedly told us All Lives Matter.”
It comes after the RNLI said some of its crews had been heckled for bringing migrants to safety off the UK’s coast.
Last week, the RNLI wrote on Twitter: “We are shocked and saddened to report some of our volunteer crew were verbally assaulted due to their role when reporting for duty tonight. This behaviour will not be tolerated. Thank you @metpoliceuk for your support.”
The RNLI was founded in 1824 and says its crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since.
Following the latest controversy, it wrote on its Twitter account: “We’re proud of the lifesaving work our volunteers do in the Channel – we make no apology for it. Those we rescue are vulnerable people in danger & distress. Each of them is someone’s father, mother, son or daughter – every life is precious.”
If you would like to donate to the RNLI you can do so on the link here.
Basit Mahmood is co-editor of Left Foot Forward
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